ICC Europe Media Release
There were two hat-tricks on the third day of the European Under17 Division 2 Championships on the Isle of Man as Italy and the Isle of Man completed their own hat-trick of victories.
Italy made it three wins out of three in the game where Abdur Bhuiyan took the day's other hat-trick as Gibraltar were bowled out for 52. Isle of Man lead Group B after their 60 runs victory over Spain at St Johns.
Midhun Lal produced the individual performance of the tournament so far when he took four wickets, including a hat-trick, and scored an undefeated 68 as Switzerland claimed bragging rights over Austria at King William's College.
Lal's hat-trick came with the second, third and fourth balls of his first over to reduce Austria to 24 for four and despite a heroic 64 from their captain Ciju Puthuppally, Austria was bowled out for 113.
Lal was back in the middle, at first wicket down, after just two balls of the Swiss innings, and he stayed to see his side home by six wickets with more than 11 overs to spare.
Navin Wijesekera was Lal's first victim with the ball, and he hit the stumps again with his next delivery to send Muhammadh Ahamed back to the pavilion. And when Armaan Randhawa edged his first ball to wicket keeper Harry Vines, Lal claimed his hat-trick.
Sunny Laddha denied him four in four but the batsman failed to survive his third ball and Austria were suddenly 24 for four. After that, it was the Puthuppally show, the tall, elegant opening batsman trying his best to marshal his team-mates through some tricky waters. Randhawa had better luck with the ball and ended the Swiss's third wicket partnership of 71 between Lal and Ali Saleem and although Nikhit Nanjungud was caught just five runs from the winning post, fittingly it was Lal who hit the winning run to complete his day to remember.
At Cronkbourne, opening bowler Muhammad Adnan had already reduced Gibraltar to 27 for three by the time Bhuiyan was introduced as Italy's sixth bowler and he struck with the fifth ball of his second over, trapping Jeremy Perez leg before wicket. Next ball, he bowled Simon Dumas and with the first ball of his third over, he breached the defences of Dylan Casciaro to repeat Midhun Lal's exploits earlier in the day for Switzerland.
Gibraltar had performed heroics with the ball, reducing Italy to 50 for six in the 18th over and when they lost their seventh wicket just four overs later, the run rate slowed dramatically with the Italians happy to bat out the overs and they reached 146 for nine in their 40 overs. Italy's bowling however, has been impressive throughout the week and that total was always going to be too much for Gibraltar who meet Hellas on Tuesday with both still looking for their first win.
Isle of Man's young team continue to grow in stature with every match although they had to survive a nervous start against Spain, slumping to 53 for four. But a fifth wicket stand of 102 between Rowan Bird, who made exactly 50, and Shaun Kelly, who finished 39 not out, helped the Isle of Man to 165 for six.
The Spaniards also started the second innings promisingly, putting on 28 for the first wicket in just seven overs but after the next seven overs, they were 42 for four and the Isle of Man refused to let go. Seb Aycock took three of the first five wickets and by the end all six bowlers had taken at least one wicket.
Only two batsman reached double figures as Hellas (Greece) were shot out for 49 by France who had the quickest win of the tournament at Crosby.
Zain Zahir led the carnage with two wickets in his first over and just two balls into the fourth over, Hellas were six for five. Zahir finished with five for 11 from his seven overs and two wickets apiece from Thomas Liddiard and Cameron Beauclerk ended the innings in the 18th over. The game was won less than 12 overs later with Zika Ali hurrying France to a seven wickets victory. He hit 20 off 18 balls with four fours.